Mother and son clearing a catch basin from debris

Adopt a Catch Basin keeps flowing for third year

September 26 2019 –

As the rainy season begins, Wide Mouth Basin, The Grate Escape, Ace of Basin, and many more catch basins are already working hard to prevent flooding — and you can join a growing community of residents who have adopted more than 2,400 catch basins to date.

Finding a catch basin is easy. Visit and choose from a live map of more than 45,000 catch basins across the city. If you see one that’s marked with a heart, it means that particular catch basin is in need of a little extra love to remain free and clear of obstruction. 

Name your catch basin

Volunteers are encouraged to personalize their catch basin with a “grate” name of its own. Clever results like “Grate Expectations,” “Live Inlet Die” and “Kevin Basin,” among many others, are then displayed online to inspire other adopters. City staff has volunteer vests and rakes available upon request, so that everyone can stay safe as they pitch in to prevent flooding.

Launched by the City of Vancouver in 2017, Adopt a Catch Basin is a growing community of residents who have adopted and named catch basins as part of their family fun. The City program, which supports residents in helping to keep catch basins near their home or business free of leaves, debris and litter, is an easy way for residents and kids to get involved with and give back to the city they live in.

Help reduce flooding

Leaf cleanup is an important part of reducing flooding in the rainy fall and winter months, and something as simple as raking away a few leaves during a stroll or commute can go a long way toward helping this process.

The City also takes care of seasonal leaf removal and street cleaning. We encourage residents to use the VanConnect app or call 3-1-1 if they see flooding or find a catch basin that’s clogged or contains hazardous materials.